attention, attentive, attentiveness

Attentive describes a person who is caring, helpful or watchful.

  • Monique’s neighbours were very attentive after her debilitating accident.
  • Attentive teachers know when their students are having problems.

Attentiveness is the noun form.

  • The innkeeper’s attentiveness to his guests’ comfort was much appreciated.

Attention indicates interest, care or concentration.

  • Thank you for your attention to this matter.
  • Listening to the radio while I work interferes with my attention to detail.
  • The medication is affecting Juan’s attention span.

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